Sunday, May 27, 2012

Why Sweet Pea?

My mind is working all the time now and writing and rewriting blog posts. In an effort to create space for the Big Reveal as to what in the HECK went wrong with me, I offer this little token and free up space for even more observations of this astonishing depth:

As a person of endearments (I use them lovingly and often), I wonder why we can use the flower and term, "Sweet Pea," when referring to someone as in, "Please grab that firefly, Sweet Pea," but we would never say, "May I please have more horseradish, Violet? Rose? Hydrangea? Marigold? Hyacinth? Bougainvillea?" You just wonder how the sweet pea won the garden lottery and using any other flower name would simply make you sound disturbed.

Copyright 2012


  1. Hmmm... I never really thought of it before. But I use the term *sweet pea* often myself... simply as a way to make people think that I'm LESS disturbed than I actually am.

  2. I use Pearl a lot, i.e. Robynn Pearl, would you pass the salad please, so you could also ask why Pearl instead of Opal, Amethyst, Aquamarine? My guess is whatever rocks and rolls off the tongue of the committed speaker (or speaker that should be committed).

    Love you SASS!!!

  3. believe it or is in wikipedia, hahahah
    sweet people get sweet-smelling names...even though sweet peas are poisonous flowers...who'd a thunk it?
    welcome back!

  4. I never thought about that before either. and I am often calling my husband and my kids sweet pea!

  5. Oh Robynn - it's so nice to see you back.

    Hope all is well with you and will continue to be more than well!

    Just a tip though - you might want to switch off word verification as we now have to fill in two very difficult-to-read words.

  6. OMGosh good to see.. errr... "ear" you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Well, all I can say re: this post is ... I must be disturbed b/c I say things that don't even "roll off the tongue". Well... I have called my kids: Honeycut, smart cookie, lamb chop... among others... that roll even less. Yes, Sweet Pea is a hanger-arounder, though.... and who said 'poisonous'!?!
    By the way, who needs "explaining" why you're not around when you aren't. This is bloggyland.... we... I know that LIFE HAPPENS and hopefully not on the computer.
    I think of you often.

  7. Now I have a running list of some of the endearments I use rolling through my head....


    none of which can be classified as horticultural in nature...sometimes when I'm on a role I combine all three into one long pronouncement!

    I have missed you wonderful perspective on the things we don't usually find time to think about!

    Looking forward to more!
    See ya round the blog-o-sphere sweet pea!


  8. oh and a quote for Titanic...

    "We'll have the lamb with very little mint sauce.

    You like lamb, right, sweet pea?"


  9. HOORAY!! How GORGEOUS to see you back. This made me giggle, as I use the term a lot, and sometimes just say, Sweet girl, or Sweet boy, (obviously relating to the gender of the small person I am talking to...) V thankful that don't have to call people hydrangea... that would be v bad for the image.
    Perhaps we could start calling people 'Sneezewort Yarrow'?
    Try popping that into the conversation next time someone passes you the milk. xxxxx HUGS!!! xxxxx

  10. Ahhh, Robynn, oh how I miss you! I'm chuckling and grinning and hoping this means you're about to come back to us- permanently- or at least more often :)

    Love and miss you!!

  11. Hehe. Sweet Pea is often used around here, as is every other strange nickname that rolls off my tongue. I'm currently puzzling just a little bit over the whole "add a third person" to my nickname roll. She already has a few of her own, but the problem arises when I try to do my two-part nicknames for my first two--adding a third to those ones is just strange. Like I call them Keers and Beers, so what, I add Deers to that?! It's a little odd. Or Kakes and Bakes, so I add Dakes? Keeks, Beeks, and Deeks? Uh, yeah. You see my dilema. I suppose we'll figure it out.

  12. Well I for one am going to switch and start calling people Bougainvillea.

    As a side note, funny nick name, my husband used to call me pork chop.

  13. Well, I didn't use the term "sweet pea"...but thanks, I'm probably gonna have it sprinkled through all my conversations now!! :))
    Smiling as I type that, 'cause I tend to pick on on expressions like that and have to watch myself to not overuse them.
    I tended to use "sweety" too much when I'm talking to my former students. It was "sweety" this...and "sweety" that...and I'm wondering (now that I've been retired for a while) if perhaps I couldn't grasp their name quick enough on the tip of my tongues and "sweety" was easy for me. But it's a LOT better than saying "Hydrangea" for sure.
    Thank you for asking about me, Robynn. You are sweet. It's been a long time since I've been here. I'm going to rectify that....
    Hugs and love,

  14. Checking back in here, Robynn.
    I miss you, and I do hope that you will blog again, soon.
    Sending you love and hugs,

  15. Okay, Jackie. This latest blog post is for YOU!